Press Release

Letter to Stockholders – October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020 — Chicago

Dear JLL Income Property Trust Stockholders,

October marks the eight-year anniversary of JLL Income Property Trust, making it the longest-tenured daily NAV REIT in the industry.  Since our inception in October 2012, we have generated an annualized 6.4% return to our investors while also delivering remarkably low volatility as measured by our standard deviation of 1.8% on Class M-I shares. We are extremely proud to continue to deliver on our founding investment objectives of generating attractive income for distribution to stockholders, preserving and protecting invested capital across market cycles and enabling the use of real estate as a component of long-term portfolio diversification.

JLL Income Property Trust enters the fourth quarter in a strong position; hopeful for strengthening market fundamentals but also bracing for uncertainties that could arise from the upcoming election and a potential COVID-19 resurgence.  The quality and attractiveness of our properties and locations could not be demonstrated more clearly than by the over 700,000 square feet of new and renewal leases we have executed throughout 2020.  The resiliency of our core investment thesis is also highlighted by our overall 95% leased status.  To further strengthen our balance sheet for either a breakout recovery in 2021 or a more muted economic scenario, we reduced our overall leverage ratio from 39% at June 30th to 36% at the end of September. Finally, JLL Income Property Trust has continued to meet its objective of providing reliable cash flow, paying 35 consecutive quarterly dividends since inception, increasing our dividend six times during that period with an average annual dividend increase of 4.2%.

As I review these results, there are three main points to highlight:

  • First, in what was expected to be one of our most challenging quarters of the year, our team overcame significant headwinds to deliver stable investment performance for Q3, underpinning the role that JLL Income Property Trust plays as a consistent, reliable portfolio diversifier.
  • Second, we have remained committed to our core investment and operations strategy while we seek new investment and leasing opportunities as we work with our current tenants to support their businesses.  This commitment has allowed us to maintain high collection rates throughout the quarter and year.
  • And third, our careful and calculated portfolio construction strategy continues to deliver durable income to our stockholders as we further reduce our leverage.  As a result, our investment performance for the quarter has been stable, and we are well positioned to deliver solid year-end results. 

Below you will find a more detailed discussion of JLL Income Property Trust’s performance in the quarter.

  • Returns – Class M-I Shares posted a third quarter 2020 total return of 0.7% comprised of 1.2% of income return and -0.4% in appreciation return.  Our rigorous, independent third-party valuation methodology has captured modest declines similar to those seen by institutional indices for private core real estate.
  • Valuations – The portfolio experienced mostly flat valuation changes during the quarter, prior to capital improvements. We continue to invest capital in our portfolio to maintain higher occupancy and attract new tenants which resulted in an appreciation return of -0.4%.  Our industrial / warehouse sector experienced the most valuation gains at $4 million during the quarter.  The other property sectors were flat to slightly down.  Our valuation policy dictates that each property in our portfolio is appraised every quarter, no less than four times per year, by our third-party, independent valuation advisor, RERC.  Since mid-March, our portfolio and every one of our 78 properties has been independently reappraised by RERC at least twice, with any changes reflected immediately in our daily share price.
  • Collections – For September 2020, we have collected 92% of our rents before lease amendments and 93% after lease amendments.  Broken down by property sector our collections (before / after lease amendments) were: apartments – 96% / 96%, industrial – 100% / 100%, office – 95% / 98%, and grocery-anchored retail – 78% / 79%.
  • Leasing – In 2020, we have executed over 700,000 square feet of new and renewal leases. Over half of that total was signed between April and September during government-mandated shutdowns and closures.  Major lease transactions have been realized at numerous locations across our industrial warehouse portfolio.
  • Acquisitions – We are working on a number of attractive investment opportunities and expect increased acquisition activity in the fourth quarter and early in 2021.
  • Occupancy – The portfolio is well leased across property sectors with an overall weighted average occupancy of 95%, supporting our primary objective of delivering stable income to investors.  Future lease expirations are staggered over the coming quarters and years.
  • Liquidity – At quarter end, JLL Income Property Trust had over 10% of its balance sheet in liquidity via cash or available balance on our revolving line of credit.  This $250 million in liquidity is dry powder for further investments or, in the event of an economic slowdown, insurance. 

JLL Income Property Trust ended the third quarter with 78 properties well diversified by property type, geography and tenant base.  Our core investment thesis, focused on well-located, well-leased institutional quality properties, combined with the application of conservative leverage, is designed to help preserve and protect investors’ capital during events such as these cycle-ending disruptions. As such, we believe JLL Income Property Trust is well-positioned to deliver on our investment objectives through these challenging times.

During times of greater uncertainty, certainly a fair characterization of 2020 so far, investors tend to seek safety and security.  The case for investing in real estate is often made through the sheer weight of its asset class as compared to other investment alternatives – a reasonable premise given commercial real estate’s ranking as the third largest component of the investable universe.  Private real estate’s statistical comparisons in terms of non-correlation and lower volatility are also quite compelling.  Moreover, long-term patient investors may also want to consider how real estate bridges the past, present and future more so than any other asset class.

The useful economic life of the typical building is two to five times longer than any other “blue chip” investment.  Land can represent a significant component of a property’s investment value and retains its economic value over time, while buildings frequently have proven flexible and adaptable over long periods.  The income streams generated from well-located, core properties are generally more stable and longer-lived than the financial health of the tenants that are the source of that income.  Tenants inevitably come and go as their financial circumstances and location preferences change.  Yet, the enduring, adaptable reuse value of the real estate remains intact – especially within the core real estate sectors, which by definition are selected for their longevity of value across multiple cycles.  It is this longer-term view that drives our investment strategy.

As the current market environment continues to evolve and post modest improvement, we remain focused on delivering our targeted investment performance, while also keeping our employees and tenants safe and supporting the communities in which we work and invest.  I want to reiterate that I am incredibly proud of the way our organization has executed and performed in what has been an incredibly complex and dynamic environment.  I want to thank my team for their dedication and efforts, and you for being patient, loyal stockholders.


Sincerely,

 

C. Allan Swaringen

President & CEO

JLL Income Property Trust


About JLL Income Property Trust

Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIPTAX; ZIPTMX; ZIPIAX; ZIPIMX), is a daily NAV REIT that owns and manages a diversified portfolio of high quality, income-producing apartment, industrial, office and retail properties located in the United States. JLL Income Property Trust expects to further diversify its real estate portfolio over time, including on a global basis.

About LaSalle Investment Management

LaSalle Investment Management, Inc., a member of the JLL group and advisor to JLL Income Property Trust, is one of the world’s leading real estate investment managers with approximately $65.7 billion equity and debt investments under management (as of Q2 2020). LaSalle’s diverse client base includes public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, corporations, endowments and private individuals from across the globe. LaSalle sponsors a complete range of investment vehicles including separate accounts, open and closed-end funds, public securities and entity-level investments. LaSalle is a wholly-owned, operationally independent subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. (NYSE: JLL), one of the world’s largest real estate companies. For more information please visit www.lasalle.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to JLL Income Property Trust. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not descriptions of historical facts and include statements regarding management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, research, market analysis, plans or predictions of the future. Because such statements include risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Past performance is not indicative of future results and there can be no assurance that future dividends will be paid.